Breakin’ the Norm

Les Norman presents topics and stories that inform, inspire, motivate and make the listeners take a look inside themselves. They center around professional, collegiate, high school and youth sports on a national level. Les discusses behind-the-scenes, real-life issues that speak the language of his listeners through callers, correspondents, & in-studio guests that lend authenticity and knowledge to every sports fan.

Ed Henry and Julie Foudy

In the first segment, I’ll talk with Fox News Chief White House Correspondent ED HENRY as he details his new book “42 faith”, the untold story of how faith brought Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and Major League Baseball together.

Segments 2 and 3, 17 year US Olympic Soccer veteran and 2-time Gold Medalist JULIE FOUDY tells me about her leadership academy for young girls, why it’s so important to raise leaders, her new book “Choose to Matter”, and what some of her favorite things are in life.

Noah Galloway

Meet Sgt. Noah Galloway, the American Hero who lost both his L arm and L leg when an IED blew his 5-ton Hummer upside down into a ditch while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After waking from a nearly week-long coma, Noah wasn’t quite prepared to live life…differently. Depression, along with excessive drinking and sleeping, quickly overtook his life…until he decided to take life back!
Now a fitness trainer, Dancing With the Stars Season 23 veteran, and Men’s Health Magazine’s 2014 “Ultimate Guy” contest winner, Galloway is inspiring millions with his new book titled “No Excuses”, as well as traveling the country speaking to many businesses and organizations. Listen in as he tells us how he was “prepared to die from combat, but not prepared to live with the loss of limbs.”

James Hinchcliffe & Thomas And TJ Bies

In this dual interview, I first talk with Indy Car Racing Champion James Hinchcliffe, who discusses the crash that was 90 seconds from killing him, his determined and speedy recovery, and his time on ABC/Disney’s Dancing With the Stars. Next, I’ll sit down with Thomas Bies, Premiere Mazda/Volvo owner, and his very TALL son TJ, who lost serious pounds and his on his way to a potential career as a professional pitcher! A father-son duo that breathes fresh air into what sports are really about…character and relationships!

Jeremy & Gabby McDowell

Depression is real, it’s not ‘uncool’, and it can happen to anyone. Gabby McDowell, former softball player and daughter of MSP Founder Jeremy McDowell knows this fact all too well. Listen to Gabby and her dad share their journey of battling through fear, loneliness, anger, and the difficult decision by her parents to send her to House of Hope in KC to get the help she needed. A COURAGEOUS girl shares her story of hope and recovery!


Ziyak is a new and amazing event based app that assists travelers in finding events in cities across the country. Founders Randy Grommet and Evan Holwick share how a missed bacon festival launched the idea! Whether you’re wanting to see a sporting event, searching for a great meal, or are anxious to get to know a small town, the Ziyak App can help you plan your next adventure!!

Dr. Khalid Ballouli

In this candid interview, University of South Carolina Asst. Professor Dr. Khalid Ballouli talks about growing up Muslim as a US citizen, and what it was like to be a rare Muslim in the college & professional baseball world. With relatives across the globe, Dr. Ballouli shares his thoughts on President Trump’s travel ban, racism and profiling in every day life, and how a man with 3 college degrees still gets treated ‘differently’ when people see his name.

Randy Lanier and Jim Witkowski

In the first segment, former race car champion Randy Lanier talks about his days of racing, drug trafficking, a lifetime prison sentence commuted after 27 years, and what it’s like to breathe fresh air with a second chance at life….
In the second and third segments, you’ll hear from a member of the Royals Fantasy Camp ‘Silver’ team, Jim Witkowski, a KC native who grew up watching the Royals and playing baseball. Jim shares about why he loves to go to FC, what it’s like for a week of baseball in Surprise, AZ, and how his team was able to go undefeated at 8-0 to win the championship!

Meghan Bamvakais

When she first came to our first softball lesson, Meghan Bamvakais was an outgoing, lively & active high school freshman, excelling in school, sports, church, etc. In a few short years, as an MU freshman, she began spiraling into a state of depression. Battling the dreaded “freshman 15”, Meg hated what she saw in the mirror, and the war raged on…against herself. Over time, she found solace in the crew at CrossFitCoMo, where she has now become a certified crossfit trainer, and has come full circle with her body and her life. Hear the story of how the ‘image battle’ can take a dangerous turn, and how this amazing young woman has conquered those feelings and now lives to help others fight the battle!

Matt Iseman

From licensed physician to comedian? That’s exactly what Emmy-winning TV host and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Matt Iseman did to pursue his passion. The American Ninja Warrior Co-Host is living his dream of making people laugh all over the world, while playing video games, acting, hosting successful TV shows and trying to win $ for his charity in front of “The Governor” on the hit NBC Show made famous by new President Donald Trump. Iseman shares his love for people, his battle with rheumatoid arthritis, and why he can beat anybody in video games, regardless of the system they have! Enjoy this light-hearted look into living joyfully while pursuing your passions!

Marty Burlsworth

Harrison (Ark) HS All-Sate football player Brandon Burlsworth had dreams of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Labeled as ‘too short’ & ‘too fat’, he received a scholarship….to Arkansas Tech. Determined not to let go of his dream, he became a walk-on at Arkansas with little or no hopes of gaining a scholarship…until he did! With a strong faith, high moral fiber and a dogged determination, Burlsworth earned not only a scholarship, but became an All-American..but that’s not all. He became the 1st player to earned his BS AND Masters’ degrees while still playing for the team, and was drafted in the 3rd round by the Indianapolis Colts! Tragically, just 11 days after the draft, “The Greatest Walk-on ever” to play CFB was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 22. Just released on DVD, the movie “Greater”, starring Christopher Severio, Neal McDonough and Leslie Easterbook gives us the amazing story of a young man who wouldn’t give up, despite insurmountable odds. Join me as I interview the main father figure in his life, an amazing man of love and faith…oh yeah, and football, his older brother Marty Burlsworth.

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Les and Kristin brought a very real, heartfelt, life changing and Christ-centered message.  People are still referencing the impact of their ministry here at our church.  I know that God is using them to confront issues in our culture today and bring true transformation.

Brian Ross
Head Pastor, Faith Chapel-Spring Valley, CA

We are celebrating our 33rd year in business here at Heartland Tan….Our 2016 EXPO featured Les Norman, former Kansas City Royal…. Les brought a humorous, thoughtful, and timely message for our customers… a fresh personal perspective from Les was well received-we had numerous compliments!  I really appreciated his related stories in context…..We plan to work again with Les in the future!

Brad Nelson
Co-Owner, Heartland Tanning

I really appreciate this follow up very much. It is difficult to explain how timely and how powerful the marriage conference was.  Your transparency and authority in the Word of God was JUST what I needed.  I appreciate this encouragement and I will definitely keep in touch!

Brandon H.
Conference Attendee

Our men’s TGIW Bible study group was deeply impacted by the raw and real words of Les & Kristin Norman as they shared on “Living Beyond The Masks.” It was especially meaningful to hear both of them communicate the pain, as well as the forgiveness, which they experienced…

Rod Handley
President & Founder, Character That Counts

Thank you for blessing the men of Mission Hills with your message this evening.  I believe hearts were changed and wives and children will reap the blessings of husbands and fathers who came home different men tonight because of the gospel they received tonight…

Gary G.
Men’s BBQ Attendee

“I’ve known Les almost 20 years since our playing days in Cleveland. Les is a man of many gifts… baseball player, teacher, speaker, communicator, motivator, friend, husband, and dad.
A man of character God has used to impact so many.”

Kevin Seitzer
11 yr. MLB Veteran, Atlanta Braves Hitting Coach

Each time I have shared a speaking engagement with Les whether in person or on the radio I have come away with such a great feeling. Les is very professional, adapts to his audience, shares a great passion for his listeners and challenges them to action. Les understands the importance of his faith, family and the influence he has as a former major league player. He has set the priorities for his life and is doing a great job communicating his message to all of us.

Bill Severns
Author "Keepers of the Sandlot"

Today was such a wonderful event – the energy in the room was palpable.  I have received numerous emails this morning and afternoon complimenting CASA on the breakfast – and everyone mentions how touched they were by your story and your support for our organization.  I can’t thank you enough for your heartfelt speech and wonderful endorsement – it made a huge difference today!  Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration – I am so glad that CASA brought you into our circle! It has been a true gift.

Martha Gershun
Executive Director, Jackson County CASA

Les is one of the most effective communicators that I know.  He has the ability to take a difficult or complex subject and break it down into practical information that you can not only understand, but, put into practice right away. Les speaks with conviction, compassion and knowledge.  He balances his subtle humor with a unique sincerity and as a result, his entire audience will come away from their time with Les extremely motivated and personally challenged.

Mike Lusardi
former KC Chiefs & KC Royals Chaplain